Tools and Settings
Questions and Tasks
Imagine traveling to a place that you have never been before. What is the process that you use to successfully arrive? Perhaps you consult a map, road or street signs, or landmarks (like mountains or specific buildings). Perhaps you talk to someone that has made that same trip in the past to get some guidance and suggestions. In any case, the road you must navigate is highly visual. We are surrounded by visual stimuli that, as humans, we have learned to interpret in order to survive. Although we may not always call it "art," the skills that we use are basically the same as those that we develop in examining art throughout history.
We must learn to:
Once mastered, this ability strengthens our critical thinking, problem-solving, and communication, fundamental components to successfully navigating the evermore complex world. So, while this is a text that explores art history on its surface, it is really a text about developing valuable transferrable skills. As you explore this content, be sure not to overlook this important focus. Each of these artworks are worth your time and attention, but avoid losing the true perspective of what you are actually gaining by studying them.
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